EU to ban UK beaches: One in ten British resorts could fail tough new safety tests

Some of England’s best-loved beaches could be turned into no-go zones for swimmers under tough new EU rules.

Tourism bosses predict a disaster for local businesses if popular resorts are placed on an environmental blacklist over water quality.

When the new European directive is enforced in May 2015, the rules on water safety will become twice as stringent overnight, rendering dozens of beaches which are currently safe off-limits for swimmers.

One in ten of England’s 400 registered bathing beaches will fail the new tests, according to Environment Agency projections.

Signposts will be erected at sites that do not meet the tough new standards, warning swimmers against entering the water.

Ironically, 39 of those English beaches that could be on the EU blacklist were declared safe by the Marine Conservation Society today…